Ensuring that Learning Differences
Do Not Become Lifelong Disabilities
Protecting Every Child's Right to Learn How to Read
Give the Gift of Reading this Year
What We Do
Our team of legal experts utilizes legal tools to ensure that students with dyslexia learn to read and write to their full potential. In addition, we organize professional development and implement evidence-based programs and curriculums to improve instructional quality and effectiveness to benefit every student in the school district.
1. We identify the students' challenges and create an education plan that meets the students' needs.
2. We ensure the student receives remediation from a professionally trained teacher.
3. We set up progress monitoring and ensure students close the gap with their grade-level peers.
4. We teach parents/guardians how to gauge progress and monitor their child in the future.
5. We run educational seminars for administrators and organize professional development for special education teachers and first to third-grade general education teachers.
Literacy is an essential component to fully developing as a member of society. Therefore, people who cannot read or write are effectively disenfranchised.
We hope to secure funding for our advocacy work within the next year and can offer free advocacy for the most vulnerable and underprivileged children in New York. Please consider donating to change a life - your donations make a huge difference.
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Advocacy Parent Reviews
Special Education Law
Four Definitions about Reading from
No Child Left Behind
1. Legal definition of reading The term 'reading' means a complex system of deriving meaning from print that requires all of the following:
(A) The skills and knowledge to understand how phonemes, or speech sounds, are connected to print.
(B) The ability to decode unfamiliar words.
(C) The ability to read fluently.
(D) Sufficient background information and vocabulary to foster reading comprehension.
(E) The development of appropriate active strategies to construct meaning from print.
(F) The development and maintenance of a motivation to read.
2. Legal definition of the essential components of reading instruction
The term 'essential components of reading instruction' means explicit and systematic instruction in-
(A) phonemic awareness;
(C) vocabulary development;
(D) reading fluency, including oral reading skills; and
(E) reading comprehension strategies.
3. Legal definition of scientifically based reading research
The term 'scientifically based reading research' means research that-
(A) applies rigorous, systematic, and objective procedures to obtain valid knowledge relevant to reading development, reading instruction, and reading difficulties; and
(B) includes research that-
(i) employs systematic, empirical methods that draw on observation or experiment;
(ii) involves rigorous data analyses that are adequate to test the stated hypotheses and justify the general conclusions drawn;
(iii) relies on measurements or observational methods that provide valid data across evaluators and observers and across multiple measurements and
(iv) has been accepted by a peer-reviewed journal or approved by a panel of independent experts through a comparably rigorous, objective, and scientific review.
4. Legal definition of a diagnostic reading assessment The term 'diagnostic reading assessment' means an assessment that is-
(i) valid, reliable, and based on scientifically based reading research; and
(ii) used for the purpose of-
(I) identifying a child's specific areas of strengths and weaknesses so that the child has learned to read by the end of grade 3;
(II) determining any difficulties that a child may have in learning to read and the potential cause of such difficulties; and
(III) helping to determine possible reading intervention strategies and related special needs.
Student Advocate Presentations
Video credits and info. Learning Ally
Here's some examples of students self-advocating. At the beginning of each school year, they present to their new school teachers and explain what dyslexia is. It helps their teachers understand dyslexia, it opens up conversations about dyslexia and conveys how they best learn.
Parent Advocate Webinars
Advocating Basic Rights for Your Child with Dyslexia
An In-Depth Look at the IEP for Kids with Dyslexia